Sheffield United should target former Sheffield Wednesday loanee in double swoop

Sheffield United manager Chris Wilder

Southampton youngster Jason McCarthy is on Sheffield United's radar, but could they swoop for Lloyd Isgrove, too?

Wales' Lloyd Isgrove

Lloyd Isgrove may have played eight games on loan at Sheffield Wednesday in 2014/15 but that should not stop their Steel City rivals from adding him to their list of summer transfer targets.

The 24-year-old’s contract at Southampton expires in the summer after all and, if Sheffield United are already targeting a deal for his teammate, they may be well placed to enquire about a double swoop.

According to The Sun, 21-year-old right-back Jason McCarthy has piqued Blades boss Chris Wilder’s interest in a fine loan spell at League One rivals Walsall. And the defender, who has just a year left on his deal at parent club Southampton, is set to spark a bidding war at the end of the season with Fleetwood Town and Bradford, who are aiming to follow United into the Championship, also interested.

However, Sheffield United need further additions if they are to thrive on their return to the second tier after six seasons away and Isgrove, who emerged through the Saints’ academy alongside McCarthy, could at least add a degree of Championship experience from his spell at rivals Wednesday.

Lloyd Isgrove of Sheffield Wednesday in action with Sean Scannell of Huddersfield Town

Furthermore, Isgrove’s versatility and ability to flit between wide and more central positions would offer Wilder greater options in attack.

The concern, however, is that Isgrove has only scored one league goal in his career, and that came during a loan spell at Peterborough United in 2013/14. Clearly, he would have to improve on that tally, with no midfielder in United’s squad netting more than just five league goals despite cantering to promotion.

Nonetheless, Isgrove has plenty of time on his side and plenty to prove, too.

Wilder has proven already that he can get the best out of the talented players at his disposal and a move to Bramall Lane could benefit all parties.

Sheffield United manager Chris Wilder

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